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City, PERA appear close to announcing settlement

Colorado Springs and the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) apparently have settled their multi-year dispute concerning the withdrawal of Memorial Health System from PERA. Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Springs City Council met behind closed doors in executive session in a “special meeting” prior to a regularly scheduled meeting as the Utility Board. In attendance:… Continue Reading City, PERA appear close to announcing settlement

Food Challenge begins today

Several Colorado Springs leaders will start the Celebrity Council Food Assistance Challenge Monday. It’s one of several events taking place during Hunger Action Month. By accepting the Food Assistance Challenge, the persons commit to eating all their meals from a limited food budget comparable to someone receiving food stamps. The participants will share their experiences… Continue Reading Food Challenge begins today

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Report: ER visits spike due to Affordable Care Act

Hospitals in states choosing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, including Colorado, reported sustained growth in Medicaid patient volumes during second-quarter 2014 — and three times the increase of emergency department visits than hospitals in non-expansion states in second-quarter 2014 compared to the same time last year, according to a new study from… Continue Reading Report: ER visits spike due to Affordable Care Act

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Memorial Hospital tansport team accredited

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Memorial Hospital tansport team accredited

For the third time, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems awarded the Memorial Hospital transport system, Memorial Star Transport, a full three-year accreditation. The accreditation recognizes that Memorial Star Transport, a rotorwing and ground transport service, provides highly skilled flight nurse/paramedic and nurse/respiratory therapist teams to care for adult, neonatal, pediatric and obstetric… Continue Reading Memorial Hospital tansport team accredited

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Marijuana: Same claims since the 1800s

Here’s how 19th century snake-oil purveyors advertised a remedy for whatever ails you: “Hasheesh Candy, The Eastern Gunjah of Enchantment, or Oriental Exhilarant and Nervine Compound. A pleasurable and harmless stimulant confectionized for Nervousness, Debility, Confusion of Thoughts, Loss of Appetite, Depression of Spirits, Nervous Headache, Chills and Fever, Impotence, Nervous Debility, Want of Vitality,… Continue Reading Marijuana: Same claims since the 1800s

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Annual event to raise funds for mental health training

AspenPointe announced the fundraising initiative for this year’s Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon will support its Mental Health First Aid training program, a need highlighted during this spring’s Mental Health Begins With Me community forums. Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs… Continue Reading Annual event to raise funds for mental health training

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CSHP receives Certified Urgent Care designation

Colorado Springs Health Partners has received the Certified Urgent Care designation for both of its urgent care locations, distinguishing them as true urgent care centers.  The clinics provide patients with walk-in, extended-hour medical attention with licensed providers for a large scope of medical conditions and have met all of the Urgent Care Association of America’s… Continue Reading CSHP receives Certified Urgent Care designation

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UCCS receives federal graduate student training grant

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Department of Psychology recently received a two-year, $325,000 graduate psychology education grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will be used to prepare doctoral students in the clinical psychology program to deliver mental health services to older adults within… Continue Reading UCCS receives federal graduate student training grant

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AspenPointe CEO elected to national board

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AspenPointe CEO elected to national board

AspenPointe’s president and CEO has been elected to the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Board of Directors. The Colorado Springs-based health care system announced in a news release Monday that Dr. Mick Pattinson has joined the board, “which is charged with advancing the National Council’s mission to ensure access to mental health and addiction services.”… Continue Reading AspenPointe CEO elected to national board

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Penrose-St. Francis partners with AFA athletics

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services announced a partnership with the Air Force Academy Athletics program to be the “Proud Orthopedic Partner for Air Force Athletics.” The year-long partnership kicks off with Penrose-St. Francis as the sponsor of the Air Force Academy football season opener. The Falcons will face Nicholls State University at the Air Force Academy… Continue Reading Penrose-St. Francis partners with AFA athletics

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